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Reviving the Cheyenne Youth symphony after pandemic

An organization for kids that have an affinity for music, is looking to recruit youth musicians for the fall.
An organization for kids that have an infinity for music is looking to recruit youth musicians...
An organization for kids that have an infinity for music is looking to recruit youth musicians for the fall.
Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 4:38 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - According to a recent study for all cultural institutions. Knowledge and information are becoming critical tools in the work of navigating a course through the new landscape of joining an extra curricular activity outside of sports.

In particular, there is a recognized value in learning from the past in order to inform action for the future.

“I joined the symphony because it seemed like a good way to improve my playing skills and join a group of musicians,” Cheyenne Youth Symphony, Violinist, Cory Kang said.

“Because we didn’t get a lot of auditions, we’re thinking people are just reluctant until they see how we migrate through this pandemic. We always participate in Frontier Days so we’ll look to get back to that,” Jaylene Willhite, Artistic Director said.

Is it a matter of keeping kids safe while playing musical melodies that builds hesitation for joining the symphony? If so Willhite says they have a solution.

“We have shown that we are willing to do everything to ensure kids will be safe. We haven’t had anybody contract COVID as a result of our rehearsals. We’ve been more than careful about keeping students safe.”

Staring down the barrel of a global pandemic more questions arise for parents, like “why should my students that’s looking for extra curricular opportunities join the Cheyenne youth Symphony?”

“If you are interested in playing an instrument I would say go for it. You don’t know if you’ll like it if you’ve never tired. I think it elevates your playing to another level. So if you’re really serious about playing your instrument then I’d say this is is the right step to take, Viola, Cheyenne Youth Symphony, Thomas Dixon said.”

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